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Custard Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce

by Jamie

Indulge in the BEST custard bread pudding recipe! This rich, decadent, custard bread pudding is made with day old french bread and a creamy custard base!

custard bread pudding with vanilla sauce and raspberriesThis is the most AMAZING custard bread pudding recipe. The texture and flavor of this bread pudding is absolute perfection. The outer crust is crispy and crunchy while the soft, rich, custard-like interior just melts in your mouth. Make this with stale French bread and generously soak it overnight in the rich, creamy base to fully saturate the bread. You’ll end up with the most decadent custard bread pudding that’s sure to become a favorite!custard bread pudding with raspberries and caramel syrup

Pairs perfectly with this Bread Pudding Sauce Recipe!

bread pudding sauce with vanilla sauce and raspberries

Try this Bread Pudding Sauce Recipe!

Tips for Making Custard Bread Pudding:

Start with old, dried out bread and cut it into cubes. The drier the better since that means it’ll absorb more of the custard mixture.  If you only have fresh bread, wait two or three days, or slice it up and lightly toast it in the oven to dry it out completely. Avoid any coloration while toasting, we just want it to be dry.

bread cubesMix together the custard mixture ingredients and pour it into a baking dish. You want to make sure the custard mixture is homogenous so keep whisking until you no longer see any separated egg whites.  I whisked for about 6 – 7 minutes. Afterwards, add it to a baking dish and then gently add your dried out bread cubes. At this point you can gently toss the bread cubes until they’re completely covered. After about 15 minutes, they start getting soft and can break apart easily so avoid stirring at this point. I recommend letting the bread soak for at least 2 hours to make sure the custard is entirely soaked through. Overnight is even better.

bread pudding in a baking dishBaking your Custard Bread Pudding:

Preheat your oven and cover the custard bread pudding with foil and set this inside a bigger roasting pan. Pour water into the roasting pan until the water reaches the halfway point of the bread pudding. Do not skip this step. This is called a water bath.

Why Use a Water Bath?

A water bath is used to ensure even cooking throughout and prevent curdling of the custard. The water bath insulates the custard bread pudding from the direct heat of the oven which is a much higher temperature than the water bath. This is important because the higher temperature of the oven can curdle the eggs in the custard mixture.

baking dish covered with foilBake it covered until your custard is set.  This will depend on how deep your baking dish is. The best way to tell is to insert a toothpick into the center.  If it comes out clean, your custard is set. I baked mine for about an hour and a half. Afterwards uncover and let the crust get crunchy and brown. It should look something like this:

custard bread pudding in a baking dish

Let your custard bread pudding sit for 10 minutes before slicing it, and serve yourself a generous slice. The inside of your bread pudding should be like custard and completely set.  If you see more moisture than you’d like, reduce the oven temperature to 300 degrees F and bake it for a little bit longer uncovered.  Loosely cover with foil if the crust starts to get too dark.

custard bread pudding

custard bread puddingThis goes perfectly with this Bread Pudding Sauce Recipe. Top with berries, powdered sugar, or caramel sauce and indulge in the most DECADENT custard bread pudding!

custard bread pudding with vanilla sauce and red raspberries

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custard bread pudding with vanilla sauce and raspberries

Custard Bread Pudding with Vanilla Sauce

Indulge in the best custard bread pudding recipe! This rich, decadent, custard bread pudding is made with day old french bread and a creamy custard base!
5 from 22 votes
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Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American, French
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Servings: 12
Calories: 376.53kcal

Ingredients

Custard Mixture:

  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 ¼ cup half and half
  • 7 large eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 ¼ cup sugar
  • Optional zest of 1/2 an orange

Instructions

  • Cube your loaf of bread into 1.5 inch cubes. Make sure your bread is dry, otherwise lightly toast your cubed bread in the oven or leave it out for a day or two.
  • In a large bowl, combine all ingredients for the custard mixture. Using a whisk, be sure to mix this well until all the eggs are fully mixed in. You shouldn't be able to see any separated egg whites.
  • Pour this mixture into a large baking dish and then add in the dried bread cubes. Gently toss until all the bread is coated. You will see a lot of extra mixture but this will be soaked up by the bread.
  • Cover the baking dish and leave it in the refrigerator overnight or at least 2 hours until all the custard mixture has been soaked up.
  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F
  • Cover your baking dish tightly with foil and place it into a large roasting pan and set it in a water bath that comes up halfway up the baking dish.
  • Bake for 1.5 hours covered or until inserting a toothpick in the middle comes out clean.
  • Uncover your baking dish and continue to bake it in the roasting pan until the crust becomes browned and crispy.
  • Serve with Bread Pudding Sauce and some berries or caramel sauce.

Nutrition

Calories: 376.53kcal | Carbohydrates: 47.01g | Protein: 11.67g | Fat: 16.06g | Saturated Fat: 8.73g | Cholesterol: 165.64mg | Sodium: 285.22mg | Potassium: 222.19mg | Fiber: 0.91g | Sugar: 25.07g | Vitamin A: 658.21IU | Vitamin C: 0.42mg | Calcium: 143.44mg | Iron: 1.99mg
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29 comments

Natalie November 18, 2019 - 5:22 am

5 stars
Oh wow.. this looks absolutely perfect. Delicious and so tasty, sweet.. I can almost taste the sweetness and creaminess just by looking at the pictures. I must make this for Xmas morning for my family.

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Sam | Ahead of Thyme November 17, 2019 - 8:36 pm

5 stars
YUM this bread pudding looks delicious! I love how dense it is and that vanilla sauce on top… wow!! I am pretty excited to try this, and just in time for Thanksgiving 🙂

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Rebecca Blackwell November 17, 2019 - 2:53 pm

5 stars
I love bread pudding so much, and the pictures of this version looked so creamy, that I went out and bought a loaf of French bread the other day just to try it. It tastes just as delicious as your pictures make it look. Fantastic!

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Tammy November 17, 2019 - 8:49 am

5 stars
Oh wow this is beautiful!!! I want a slice right now 😀 I’ve not had bread pudding in quite some time but it’s a wonderful dish to make for the holidays. You’ve inspired me now! I can’t wait to try!

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Jenni LeBaron November 16, 2019 - 12:44 pm

5 stars
I LOVE bread pudding and this version looks so good! I love how creamy, dense, and rich this recipe looks and the vanilla sauce is spectacular!

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Tara November 15, 2019 - 10:47 am

5 stars
You’ve got it all, the steaming the browning, the custard and sauce! This is a restaurant worthy dessert or brunch dish. Looks delicious!

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Amanda November 15, 2019 - 7:14 am

5 stars
YUM! This is such an easy yet comforting recipe!

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Kushigalu November 14, 2019 - 5:34 pm

5 stars
This pudding looks so gorgeous. Can’ t wait to try this for holiday season! Yummm

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Erica Schwarz November 6, 2019 - 7:45 pm

5 stars
This bread pudding looks perfect! Can’t wait to make this recipe it looks to die for.

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Gavin November 6, 2019 - 7:37 pm

5 stars
This is right up my alley!!! Bread, custard and vanilla = heaven in my books

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Jas @ All that's Jas November 6, 2019 - 7:25 pm

5 stars
Love how spongy this looks and the raspberries on top are a must (my favorite). Thanks for the recipe!

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Adrianne November 6, 2019 - 6:37 pm

5 stars
Yum, this is a very impressive pudding! It looks sweet and tasty, delicious in fact! I can’t wait to give this a try, thanks for sharing!!

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Sara Welch November 6, 2019 - 6:17 pm

5 stars
One of my favorite recipes; reminds me of my childhood! Excited to enjoy this after dinner tomorrow!

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Anita November 5, 2019 - 4:42 pm

5 stars
This is so good. I threw in a quarter cup of dried cranberries, and they match so well with the custard bread pudding. 🙂

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Rachel September 14, 2019 - 10:19 am

5 stars
Really good! The bread pudding came out so moist and soft. Definitely making this again!

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Jamie
Jamie November 6, 2019 - 2:02 am

Thank you Rachel! So glad you liked it!

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Sarah July 6, 2019 - 5:07 pm

5 stars
What an amazing dessert this is! I have some leftover bread on my counter and need to make this!

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Jamie
Jamie November 6, 2019 - 4:13 am

Thanks Sarah! This is one of my favorite desserts!

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Cynthia June 25, 2019 - 9:23 am

I will make this recipe asap! Can’t wait to try it! Thank you for posting your recipe! I will give you my response as soon as I can! CGR

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Jamie
Jamie June 28, 2019 - 12:23 am

Wonderful! I hope you love it Cynthia! 🙂

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Zalina May 26, 2019 - 8:18 am

What is half & half?

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Jamie
Jamie May 26, 2019 - 5:08 pm

Hi Zalina! Half and half is a blend of whole milk and heavy cream. Creamier than whole milk but lighter than heavy cream. I use it in my tea or coffee occasionally. 🙂 Depending on which brand you use, the fat content can vary so not all half and half is made the same. If you can’t find half and half, substitute with an equal amount of milk and cream. The bread pudding will taste just as good!

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Felicity May 20, 2019 - 6:52 pm

5 stars
An amazing bread pudding! This is my husbands favorite bread pudding and he asks me to make this every few weeks.

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Jamie
Jamie November 6, 2019 - 2:03 am

So happy to hear you and your husband love it! 🙂

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Meemz March 29, 2019 - 11:38 am

Hello,
How can we store leftovers? And how can we reheat leftovers? Thanks.

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Jamie
Jamie March 31, 2019 - 1:09 pm

You can store leftovers in the refrigerator. But make sure to cover it tightly with plastic wrap where the plastic wrap actually touches the bread pudding. You don’t want the bread pudding to be exposed to air, otherwise it will dry out. To reheat, I recommend reheating in the oven or a toaster oven at 350 until the center is warm. You can also microwave it while covered, but microwave for a bit at a time otherwise it can overheat.

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Noel March 22, 2019 - 4:50 pm

5 stars
Wow this turned out even better than I thought! It’s worth giving it extra time to soak the bread. Everyone loved this!

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Jamie
Jamie November 6, 2019 - 2:04 am

Thank you Noel!

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